The issuance of stapled visas to two Arunachalees by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi has sparked strong protest in Itanagar on Thursday with a student's union burning effigies of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Hundreds of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) activists holding anti-China placards stalled traffic movement for a few hours at Bank Tinali, the nerve centre of the state capital.
Indian Weightlifting Federation's Joint-Secretary Abraham K Techi along with a weightlifter of the state were taken aback yesterday when immigration officials at New Delhi's IGI Airport stopped them and turned the two men away because of the stapled visas issued by the Chinese Embassy.
The duo was to leave for Beijing at the invitation of Chinese Weightlifting Association president Menguang on behalf of China Weightlifting Grand Prix to be held at Fujian province during January 15 to 17.
Blaming the Centre as well as the state government for not taking the issue seriously, AAPSU president Takam Tatung while talking to media alleged that Arunachal was suffering because of India's "faulty foreign policy."
"We are going to submit memorandums to the President and Prime Minister of India soon requesting them to understand the sentiments of the people of Arunachal and to initiate proper measures with China," Tatung disclosed.
Meanwhile, taking strong exception to the Chinese ploy of issuing stapled visas to the two Arunachalees, former Lok Sabha member and newly appointed BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao on Thursday urged the Indian government to reciprocate the same by issuing stapled visas to Chinese nationals visiting India.